The Sniffer

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The Sniffer
GenreDetective fiction
Created byArtyom Litvinenko
Written by
Directed byArtyom Litvinenko
ComposerNikita Moisyeyev
Country of originUkraine
Original languageRussian
No. of series4
No. of episodes32
Executive producers
ProducerVictor Mirsky
EditorVladimir Zapryagalov
Running time49–54 minutes
Production companyFilm.UA
Original release
NetworkICTV, 1TV
ReleaseNovember 11, 2013 (2013-11-11) –
2019 (2019)

The Sniffer (Russian and Ukrainian: Нюхач, romanizedNyukhach) is a Russian-language detective series produced and shot in Ukraine by FILM.UA Television, created, co-written, and directed by Artyom Litvinenko.[1]


The show is about a man, known as the Sniffer, who has an unusually sensitive sense of smell that allows him to investigate crimes by detecting and distinguishing trace amounts of various substances. He works alongside his childhood friend, Viktor Lebedev, an officer in the Special Bureau of Investigations.[2]

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The series premiered on 11 November 2013 on the Ukrainian TV channel ICTV and began airing in Russia on 16 December 2013, for 1TV. By 2014, the series had been sold in sixty countries.[3]

Even before its premiere, the series was officially renewed for a second season, with eight new episodes. The second season opened on 1TV on 5 October 2015, with cinematography by Graham Frake, who had previously been head of photography for Downton Abbey.[3]

In 2016, Amazon added the first season to their Amazon Prime lineup.[2]

By 31 January 2017, filming of the third season was completed. Like the first two seasons, the third season consists of eight episodes, which were shot over the course of six months.[4][5]

Beginning in May 2017, the first two seasons were streamed on Netflix and the third season was later added. As of 2021, Netflix no longer carries the series.


  1. ^ Видеоинтервью Артёма Литвиненко
  2. ^ a b "The Sniffer". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Holdsworth, Nick (7 April 2014). "MIPTV: Original Ukrainian Crime Format 'The Sniffer' Sells to France". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Нюхач 3". Вокруг ТВ. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Kirill Kyaro Sniffed The Third Time". Кино-Театр. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.

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